why I almost didn’t post this picture and what we can learn from it.

Tonight I almost didn’t post this photo on here or on Instagram over a few shadows on my left leg. I didn’t want you to see that my legs are bumpy or that my hips are wide or that my belly is a lot bigger than it was last time I was 5 months pregnant.
And then I stopped to consciously correct myself on how I was thinking and remind myself that what matters is keeping in good health and being the best me that I can be instead of wishing I could look a different way.
I guess I’m sharing this because I wanted to encourage you if you’re going through something similar. Maybe you’re not pregnant, but it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t need you to be cellulite free, He just wants you to be loving, kind, and to fight for truth and justice.
So tonight please take a minute to take those areas in your life that you beat yourself up over and hand them over to the One who made you and who loves you just as you are.

Top: similar maternity here and regular size (with super cool sleeves) here| sunnies: Nordstrom (these are just $14 and I highly recommend them) | Belt: Hermès dupe again | shorts: target maternity, and a non maternity version here too | sandals: I couldn’t find anything super similar so I wanted to show you a pair that I would order if I needed a pair of cute flip flops… they are leopard print and so classic!| bag: similar concept from Sole Society that’s under $70!
I hope this post has helped you think about how to accept your dimples, pimples, and and quirks so you can better love yourself. Be your best you <3

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About the outfit:

Are you a stripe person or polka dot person? Beckett always thinks my favorite pattern has to be polka dots because I do love them, but every time this comes up (more often than you would guess) I always have to remind him of how many striped shirts I have! Stripes have always been my favorite pattern to wear, paint, and decorate with. In fact, my living room throw pillow arrangement includes some bold striped pillows!
Stripes seem to always garner my attention because of their classic roots and their presence as a style staple since the history of weaving. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but really, when were stripes out of style? Literally never.
This shirt is from Romwe and it is a whopping $10… so yuh know, it’s almost criminal to NOT get it! But for real, I was surprised by how good the quality is and how great it fits. The length of the sleeves was a little short on me, but almost every shirt I own is like that because I am a little over 5’9.”
The scarf is something I bought in Beijing years ago. I really love the colors. I also love it’s size because I can tie it like a bow. And yuh know I love bows!
Shoes are coach, but they are sold out. I found a cute pair with fringes at a GREAT price by Minnetonka Moccasins, a MN company so I wanted to link them!
My Michael Kors crossbody is from the outlet mall near me. This is 100% my favorite color so Beckett basically *made* me get it. 😉 my color isn’t online, but if you have to have this color, call your local MK outlet to see if they still have it in stock.
Sunglasses are from Nordstrom and are just $14.
My jeans are from Target because they were $12 and I needed to size up because I’m getting a little thick around the midsection lately. And so goes life. Similar are linked here.

On a more serious note…

Wolfie is finally better! Can’t you tell?!
My sis-in-law, Peyton, sent these to me today while she and Beckett’s mom watched him for us.

Wolfie’s Scary Dr Story:

I wrote a bit about Wolfie’s sickness on my Instagram earlier this week, but it was horrible so I want to share it here to encourage all y’all to advocate for your kids’ health no matter how crazy a Dr thinks you are.
I know I can be a worrier, but I actually think Little W could have died if we hadn’t taken him into the Urgency Room when we did. He was so dehydrated and sick that they gave him an IV, an IV with antibiotics, and left the IV sight in for a few hours while they made sure he didn’t need to be hospitalized.
The experience was way worse than it had to be because of a doctor who didn’t take my concerns into account when I took him in the first time.
4 kids at his daycare had strep last week so when Wolfie got a high fever, runny nose, started coughing and vomiting, I didn’t want to waste time getting him to the Dr. But Wolfie also had diarrhea so the Dr repeatedly told me she saw, “no reason to test for strep” as she eyed me like I was nuts for asking for a strep test. However, she did say to bring him back in 2-3 days if he still had a fever. That meant that either Saturday or Sunday we were going to have to bring him to the ER… Friday and Saturday of that weekend were also the days of my grandma’s funeral so I reluctantly left my super sick little boy and let Beckett care for Wolfie those 2 days. Beckett’s a great dad so at least I knew my baby was in good hands, but the mama in me still worried the whole time.
I got back Saturday night and stayed with Wolfie all night. In the morning Wolfie was soooooo much worse that I woke beckett up early and told him we were going to the doctor. And that’s how we ended up at the Urgency Room (a great place to go if you live in the Twin Cities. It’s not quite an ER, but it’s better than a walk-in)!
We are so thankful to God and the Dr at Urgency Room who saw the gravity of the situation, took our requests seriously, and gavr Wolfie tons of tests to figure out what was wrong. gave Wolfie a strep test, flu test, did blood work, and gave us a kit to get a stool sample at home (because, ironically, Wolfie didn’t have diarrhea once the whole 6 hours at the Urgency Room).
And that’s how we found out about the strep and the rotavirus at the same time, which explains all those symptoms. It also explains why Wolfie was so terribly sick! It all feels like a nightmare now.
The truth of parenting is that you are your child’s only advocate. You can’t expect anyone else to care for your kid like you do. Stick up for what you know is right, whether you’re talking to your child’s Dr, teacher, or daycare provider. Heck, even family members sometimes need to be reminded who knows best sometimes! Don’t be afraid to take action if you disagree with someone when it involves your child. Being called a protective Mama Bear is much better than what could happen if you don’t act in critical moments.

What’s Next?

Wolfie gradually started to recover this week and about the time he felt better, I got sick!
I 100% thought I had morning sickness or food poisoning at first so I finished getting ready for work and hopped in the car as usual. But as Beckett and I were driving to school on Wednesday I couldn’t stop my gag reflexes; I felt weak and cold… so I drove back home and went to bed.
Turns out I have rotavirus too, but the worst part is that no matter how sick I feel, my little boy was twice as miserable. I actually cried today thinking about how bad he must have felt.
** Here’s to hoping for good health for you and your fam!**
This post is brought to you by Romwe, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Science Museum Trip Takeaway: have fun, but watch your kids!

Last week was our spring break so, being the party animals we are, we went to the Science Museum of Minnesota!!! I promised someone I would see how much admission is so I’ll tell you too: it was about $30 for our family to get in (under 3 is free).
Wolfie napped all the way there and was a little cranky at first because he didn’t get to sleep as much as normal. While we walked around, W. was moderately interested in the dinosaurs and various exhibits with lights and models, but he was upset he couldn’t touch everything. Beckett and I really enjoyed looking at everything and reading labels.
When we were almost done looking at everything we found the cardboard room and it was love at first sight!!!!
The whole room was full of boxes, half-made forts, tape, scissors, markers, and all sorts of “treasures.” The whole scene kinda reminded me of the good old ball pits at McDonalds. What could be better to an almost-2-year-old!?!
We never exactly figured out why the box room existed, but I’m sure it has something to do with showing kids they can have fun and be imaginative, even if they aren’t glued to an iPad all day. A good lesson for us all.
I had recently taught W. how to use some kids scissors so he was extra happy to find a pair of scissors on the floor of the room (not pictured). Of course, being the the mean mom I am, I immediately took them away because they were practically the Dial M for Murder kind.
At least there was plenty of tape to distract him!IMG_0146
As W. and B. were having the time of their lives, I was nervously noticing how easy it would be to lose track of a kid in that room! The scattered boxes were really quite disorientating! After all, the first kid we encountered upon entry was a lost toddler crying for his mom by the door. Being the concerned person I am, I started helping him look for her. She finally emerged from behind a pillar/a pile of boxes.
All I could think of was that if I were a bad guy I could have taken that kid easily. I was glad to see the mom come get him and keep him close after that.
We had fun putting W’s initials on the wall: WDW (pictured below) and Wolfie got in a fort and crawled around till he found tons of “treasures” in the form of crayons and one bandaid (eww, right?! But his excited face was adorable).
Then things got a little weird…IMG_0152
At the same time B. was trying to take pictures of W. and me, I was still eyeing the creepy guy who had been taking pictures and videos of little girls on his phone. He looked to be in his 60s and seemed to be alone… and he was taking pictures of little girls. It was so odd. Not just because he seemed to be alone and taking pictures of other people’s kids, but also because he seemed to be trying to sneak them in quickly.
I kept trying to figure out if he was with someone in the room, but something about the way he kept moving around and reading signs in between creeping over and taking pictures of kids made me suspicious.
Finally the old guy tried to get MY son in a picture too and that threw my mom instincts into full force. I could have basically been in an exhibit as an angry mama bear about to attack. My mind was racing, trying to decide whether it would be better to confront the guy or run and get security.
I first tried to position myself in a way that would hide little W.’s face behind me and Beckett so the guy couldn’t get a good picture. To further complicate the situation, Beckett had been playing with W the whole time and didn’t realize the guy was trying to get W’s picture. I felt like I couldn’t tell Beckett why I was hiding W. because the guy was so close he would have heard me! It made me feel so helpless and frantic trying to figure out what to do.
Then the creepy guy then moved onto photographing some nearby girls playing on the floor who looked to be 7 or 8 years old. Trying to alert the girls’ moms, I ended up making weird faces and gestures to some ladies sitting talking nearby, assuming they were the girls’ moms. The moms made some faces and subtle gestures back at me and I wondered if they thought I was actually the creepy one in this situation or if they were trying to tell me they knew.
As soon as I told B what was happening, we packed up to leave the room. As we made our hasty exit, we encountered three museum workers running toward the room, walkie talkies out, and ponytails swooshing. I was glad to see that someone else must have noticed the unwanted paparazzi.
I wish I knew what happened for sure, but I felt pretty satisfied knowing the museum workers were in there and could monitor what was happening.
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I told you that odd little story to warn you moms and future moms to watch your kiddos. Have fun, go to the zoo, the museum, the park, but remember to watch your kids closely, even if you feel 100% safe and familiar there.
And if you think someone is taking pictures of your kids or following weirdly, notify security or the police. It’s ok to be a mama bear. You absolutely cannot be too cautious these days!

My Outfit:

green sweater (H&M) — I got so many questions about this just walking around at the museum! It’s seriously so cozy and such a gorgeous color– my favorite! | Hi-Rise Jeggings (AE) | Platform Espadrilles (Sam Edelman)– pictured here

Beckett’s Outfit:

Jacket (similar) | Sweater (similar) | New shoes I just got him (not pictured) | jeans — but our favorite jeans for him are now Joes Jeans that we snagged at Nordstrom Rack, linked here! He likes them because they are super comfy and I like them because they show off his long legs and have a really clean look!

Wolfie’s Outfit:

Reversible matching pirate setshirt and pants— ( Mini Boden at Nordstrom); they also have a few other sets with patterns like sharks with red stripes!| Rhino shoes (Target)
I love putting Wolfie in these reversible sweats these days! Mostly because he seems so comfy in them, but also partly because it cuts down on the amount of clothes needed. It looks like a totally different outfit when reversed and I can also mix it up and reverse just the pants or just the top! Thank you, geniuses over at Mini Boden, for creating such useful clothes!

Spring into Summer Dress

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Green Lantern Sleeve Dress | AE Jeggings | Sam Edelman Shoes | Michael Kors Bag | Nordstrom Sunglasses
We are still all mourning the loss of my grandma, but like I said in my previous post, it is comforting to know where she is now. I want to thank those of you who have written, messaged, commented, or texted to share your condolences. The family appreciates it greatly.
I don’t want to wallow in my grief on here. I hope that my grandma’s life can be a great example and reminder to us that life is short and what truly matters is how we live our lives, not what we wear.
So many fashion blogs exist today with the sole purpose of trying to make you feel like you need the newest and greatest of whatever the blogger was just given by a brand. And don’t get me wrong, I love writing about clothes I find, good deals, and the latest trends, but I don’t want this to be a place like the rest of them. I haven’t wanted it to be like that ever, but sometimes it’s easier to stay on the surface level and forget our real passions. My goal is to create a space that is uplifting, inspiring, and educational. Not to make you feel like you NEED something new all the time.
That being said, if you are looking for some spring clothes, I’ve still got you covered. God made me with an artist’s heart so I love looking for beauty in many forms and sharing it with people. So as long as I keep enjoying showing you the things that catch my eye, I’ll keep telling you about them. 🙂
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The Dress:  I almost don’t want to tell you how inexpensive this green floral dress is because I don’t want you to think it’s not good… but I kinda have to tell you because this is a sponsored post. Ok, here goes… it’s $12. Can you believe it? I love the material, the fit, and the quality seems good too. It also comes in navy with pink flowers and powder blue with white flowers. I sized up to a large because I wanted a loose fit and for it to be long enough (I’m around 5’10”).
The dress is a little particular in my opinion because the material is delicate so I plan to wash it with my other delicate pieces and hang it to dry (we hang most of our clothes anyway). And the only thing I would change about this dress is that I wish it were lined. It’s a relatively easy problem to solve, but I still like it when semi-transparent things come with liners. With pants I wore my black tank top under to hide my bra and when I wear it as a dress I have a dress liner that I can use.
But I adore this dress. I called this post “Spring into Summer Dress” because I think it’s great with jeans now and it will be great with bare legs this summer! It’s one of my most favorite things I’ve ever bought and I can’t wait to wear it to work one of these days soon!
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Pants:  These are my ever-favorite American Eagle high-rise jeggings (rly cheap) in the dark wash. I wear them constantly and only switch them out when I need to wash them. I wish I were kidding about that. I’ve 100% never found a pair of jeans I like better, not even any expensive designer brands! When I buy these I buy a size down from my usual because I like how they stretch, but I keep thinking I should try on a bigger size and see if I like that too. They have so much stretch that I think a 4 would be just fine, but my original reason for sizing down was that 1) they might stretch out and 2) if I fit into a smaller size I may as well wear that.
Shoes:  These shoes were something I bought last summer on sale and I wore them right up until it started snowing. I like the color because it works with outfits in any season, especially summer and fall. I found them in some different colors. The dusty rose regular priced, but the blush is on sale!
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Bag:  This Michael Kors handbag is my favorite color so Beckett may have practically talked me into getting it. Of course I wanted it, but I thought the color may be too bold so I was slightly hesitant. It also comes in a gorgeous pink,blue, black, and red. If you’re interested in this bag or this bag in another color, I will link the colors available online here, but I encourage you to go find your nearest MK outlet store because we got mine for about 80% off retail! Sadly, you can’t find that online.
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“So do not worry saying, “What shall we eat? What will we drink? or What shall we wear?” These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Father already knows your needs.” Matthew 6:31 & 32